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iOS 16.3 for iPhones now rolling out with a big focus on security: Eligible iPhones, how to download

iOS 16.3 for iPhones now rolling out with a big focus on security: Eligible iPhones, how to download

iOS 16.3 fixes known issues with Freeform, lock screen, home lock screen widget, carplay, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The company says "emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing in order to prevent "inadvertent emergency calls."

iOS 16.3 is now rolling out worldwide. iOS 16.3 is now rolling out worldwide.
Story highlights
  • The biggest feature that iOS 16.3 unlocks is the 2FA security feature.
  • Apple has also released new updates for Macs, iPads, and Watches.
  • Users can download iOS 16.3 manually by heading to Settings > General >  Software update.

Apple has started rolling out iOS 16.3 for iPhone users worldwide, and the update is also available in India. The update brings a bunch of new features and fixes some known issues. For instance, the latest iteration of iOS for all users includes support for the newly launched HomePod (2nd-generation) and external security keys to enable 2FA (two-factor authentification). The iOS 16.3 update includes a new Unity wallpaper to honour Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month in the US. Additionally, Apple is also rolling out iPadOS 16.3 for iPads, macOS Ventura 13.2 for Apple Macs, and WatchOS 9.3 for Apple Watches.

How to download iOS 16.3, eligible iPhones

Similar to iOS 16.0 which was introduced last year, iOS 16.3 is available on iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE (3rd generation), and iPhone SE (2nd generation).

Users can download manually by heading to Settings > General > Software update. The latest iOS 16.3 is also available to Indian users and the update is roughly 800MB in size.

iOS 16.3 features

Perhaps the biggest feature that iOS 16.3 unlocks is the 2FA security feature. Two-factor authentification via external keys is not a new concept, but the support will be appreciated by many privacy enthusiasts. The official changelog reads, "Security Keys for Apple ID allow users to strengthen the security of their account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process on new devices."

Apple along with other big tech companies such as Google and Microsoft have advocated for a password-less future, where users can use biometric information plus security keys made with FIDO guidelines. Apple is a member of the FIDO alliance.

iOS 16.3 also fixes known issues with Freeform, lock screen, home lock screen widget, carplay, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The company says emergency SOS calls now require holding the side button with the up or down volume button and then releasing in order to prevent "inadvertent emergency calls."

As mentioned, Apple has also released new updates for Macs, iPads, and Watches. Users can head to Settings to look for the new system updates.

Published on: Jan 24, 2023, 9:09 AM IST
Posted by: BT Siteadmin, Jan 24, 2023, 9:05 AM IST